Thursday night started out with the dog park which is not all that exciting except Ghengis has become some sort of mini-celebrity. More that one person came up to me and said “is that Ghengis? I’ve heard about him!”. Now, Ghengis is cute, I’ll grant that, but I’m still not sure where this fame is coming from. The lady from the children’s book store fell in love with him, it was so cute. She owned a lab/shar pei (and possibly mastiff) mix that was 8 months old and so damned cute!
Dog park. I swear to god this is the happiest place on earth.
After the dog park, David and I decided to go out. I decided it was a date, he decided it was going out and having fun. It’s a battle of semantics that I will win, even if I only win in my head.
It was “Dining out for Life” night (which I keep calling “Dining out for AIDS” by accident giving it a completely different meaning) and so we picked a restaurant and headed out figuring we’d do dinner and then catch the 10pm showing ov V for Vendetta as we have not yet seen that.
The restaurant had a wait of over an hour when we got there. I’d been to this place before and it was a weird little run-down hole in the wall kind of place with great latino food. Now it had been completely remodeled and it seems that everyone found out. Damn. The food looked great but we didn’t really want to wait an hour so we considered our options. Pizza Luce was a couple blocks down, but I’m still Luce’d out and we wanted to go somewhere relatively new. So we settled on Crema cafe which has just started dinner service.
I don’t know how long Crema has been doing actual dinner service but it’s obvious they have some kinks to work out of the system. The ordering system was just weird, sit at a table with your menus, pick your stuff, get up and get in line with the ice cream orderers, order your meal, sit down, meal is delivered. The food wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t great. I had the bucatini al bolognese and the sauce was good but the noodles were wrong. The sauce needed flat, wide noodles to hold onto. David’s dinner was okay, the salad was way bland. We also ordered a bottle of wine, a highly recommended Portuguese red. My initial tasting was good so I accepted the bottle but after a few good drinks I realized it was a bad choice. It was all high notes almost to the point of being metallic. It had good body and wasn’t terribly dry, but it was also pretty singular.
But! The lady who took the order forgot to write the bottle of wine on the ticket. When the cashier rung us up later we asked her about it and she didn’t feel like running the card again so she gave us the wine for free.
And we (I) couldn’t leave Crema without ice cream. They had an Olive Oil ice cream (with fleur de sel) which I tried and really disliked. I ended up going with the cardamom/black pepper ice cream. Heavenly.
We ate our dinner out in the little courtyard they have. It was absolutely date-like regardless of what David wants to call it.
The night ended up getting late so instead of going to the movie we headed home for other things.
All in all, a wonderful date night.
Today I worked on grinding Anna’s soul down even more and then building it back up with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. I’m good like that. I’ll hurt you, but I will mend you with treats.